The Dupont Twins: From Being Bullied to Booking Lady Gaga’s Haus Laboratories Campaign | NowThis


(calm music) – The Dupont Twins, I have
a question for you guys. You’ve just started working
with Haus Laboratories. Is it so surreal for you
guys to be working with Gaga? – Yeah, it was really crazy. Like as soon as we got
the job, it was like, they didn’t tell us what it was for, and they called us and were like “You need to be sitting to be down. Like And we were like “What?”
– The entire block heard us screaming.
– Like, – It was out of control
– we screamed so loud. It was more surreal actually being there and being, like, “She’s right there. “Like, oh my God.” (upbeat music) – So growing up you guys
were fans of Gaga I presume? Like you said–
– Of course. – Fan is an understatement.
– Yeah. – We were stans for sure.
– Highkey, out of control Gaga fans. – People used to make fun of us just for even wearing Gaga T-shirts and going to the Gaga concert, and I’m like “Really? Call Gaga now” because you guys are back home in Connecticut, still
working at the gas station, and here we are. – Hanging out with Gaga. – [Twins] Right. – Did stanning Gaga help you
come to your own identities? We hear that a lot, right?
– Yes. – Yeah, absolutely. I mean we always knew that
we were different for sure. It took a little bit to kind
of grow into the confidence. Like, most of the time we
wouldn’t even react to people, even if they were throwing stuff at us, calling us names, even physical assault, we just honestly wouldn’t
react ’cause it was just, And that would just make us wanna do everything we do even more. Beat the sh*t out of me,
but I’m still gonna be me. You can’t take that away from
me no matter what you do. – So you guys experienced
physical violence growing up? – Oh yeah.
– It was– – We got death threats. It was like, crazy people showed up at our house with knives. They showed up to school with knives. Their parents would do the same things. If there was a school
event, they’d be like “Oh, aren’t those faggots
that you make fun of?” – It was really, really bad growing up. – It was a lot of the administration that would always make
excuses for the other kids and then tell us that
we were asking for it by the way we dress. It was just very crazy, and we
just were never comfortable. And my mom was there every
single day fighting for us. She’s gotten on the school bus. Like, she’s literally like– – Ride or die, she was there.
– Ride or die. – Still to this day.
– If she could be a gay man, she would, like–
(laughing) – I mean how does it feel
now to have overcome that and have this career that
both of you are establishing? – I mean we started
doing a lot of modeling when we were still in high school. Like it got to the point where we were– – In New York so much that– – They had to give us credit
to be working outside of school because we were not gonna graduate, so for us to be at this
point where we knew that we were gonna get in what
we’ve dreamed to be doing, obviously we have so many goals
that we still wanna get to, but where we are right now is like… and I know there’s so
many people out there that have so many dreams
to get to where we are now. And we are just so grateful. Like it is literally changing
the way people treat us and people like us, and even
people that aren’t like us, just people that are
different are looked at in a different way in general. Like–
– Exposing a lot. – It’s exposing a lot,
and it’s just showing And,
– No matter what anyone tells you
– You can be on the cover of Vogue, not
that we’ve gotten that yet, but Anna.
– Yes! – Manifest.
– Call me, Anna, like. (laughing) Yeah we will get that, and that will be another
huge milestone in our career, so hopefully that happens really soon. – Do you guys think the modeling industry and the cosmetic industry are doing a good enough job representing
the queer community? – Um.
– Um, no. (laughing) – I mean–
– Let’s get into it. – Yes, I mean I’ve worked
in makeup for, like, years, and I still do. And growing up, we were
obsessed with makeup and obviously fashion. Like there was not a single time where we were not running
around with Vogue in our hands. All the 90s supermodels, this and that, but that has been such
the standard for so long. And people have not been
willing to look outside of that, but even with the Gaga
campaign, we’re so blessed to have that platform. It’s gonna shift the way that people look at the beauty industry, but I feel like we’re
just getting started. We’re at the really, very
start of where we have to be. (upbeat music)